Google Begins YouTubeTV Feed on Roku

YouTubeTV on RokuIt took a while, but it is finally here! If you are a YouTubeTV subscriber, you can now watch on your Roku.

YouTube’s live TV starts streaming on Roku devices

Engadget – By: Jon Fingas – “Google is living up to its promise of making native YouTube TV apps available for the media hub of your choice. You can now add a YouTube TV channel on ‘select’ Roku devices, giving you the service’s usual range of live broadcasts, a cloud DVR and the other perks of the cord cutter service. There isn’t any mention of Roku-specific features, but the allure is really the freedom to watch in your living room using a device explicitly meant for a laid-back viewing experience.

There’s no mention of how close the Apple TV app might be. However, Google had promised both that and the Roku app in early 2018. The chances are that you won’t have to wait long to watch however you like. That’s crucial for a live TV offering that’s growing quickly, but still has a small-enough base that added support could be a big deal.”

300,000 in Less Than a Year for YouTube TV

Cord Cutters flock to YouTube TV!

YouTube TVYouTube TV reportedly has 300,000 paying subscribers less than a year in

9to5Google – By: Abner Li – “Since its full launch in April, YouTube has been actively expanding its cord-cutting live television service with new cities, apps, and features. A new report today claims that YouTube TV has amassed just over 300,000 paying subscribers.

CNBC acquired the figure from a source as part of a broader piece detailing live TV services. The report also notes that Hulu with Live TV — which launched a month later with more channels, on-demand library, and features a number of upgrade options — has about 450,000 subscribers.

The latter figures come as Hulu earlier this month announced that the Live TV service, along with its Netflix streaming library competitor, has about 17 million users. We do not have a similar figure from YouTube, with Red rumored to only have 1.5 million subscribers as of November 2016.

Both online offerings pale in comparison to services offered by traditional satellite television providers. AT&T’s DirecTV Now has 1 million paying users as of last month, while Dish’s Sling TV is estimated to have more than 2 million.

YouTube TV costs $35 per month and offers 52 channels, including the big four broadcast networks and an assortment of other cable channels. The subscription includes six user accounts featuring unlimited DVR, with apps for the web, iOS, Android, streaming boxes, and smart TVs. As of last month, it is available in 84 markets across the country.”

Google Breaks YouTube on FireTV… Again!

YouTube IssuesThe crazy feud continues!

Google briefly broke Amazon’s workaround for YouTube on Fire TV

The Verge – By Chris Welch – “Google and Amazon aren’t getting any closer to ending their bitter feud. In fact, today the user-hostile fight between them is only getting worse. YouTube briefly appeared to have blocked the Silk web browser on Fire TV from displaying the TV-optimized interface normally shown on large screens. As a result, trying to navigate YouTube and watch videos became a usability nightmare on Amazon’s popular streaming products.

We confirmed the TV interface wasn’t working around 5:00PM ET; by around 6PM, the TV interface had returned. Amazon declined to comment; Google didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

While the TV interface was unavailable, YouTube on the Fire TV was basically a desktop computer experience. To control it, you had to browse around with the Fire TV remote (not exactly simple), play a video, then click to maximize it to fill the screen. Firefox for Fire TV was blocked from showing the TV-optimized view, as well.

This temporary change follows Google’s decision to remove YouTube from Fire TV altogether late last month, which was the company’s most aggressive move yet in its ongoing spat with Amazon. Google has criticized Amazon for refusing to sell its products or build Chromecast support into Prime Video on Android. Amazon began to address those complaints on December 14th by claiming it would restore sales of the Chromecast. Over a month later, Google’s streaming gadgets remain unavailable. (The Apple TV, which had also been kicked off Amazon.com for years, is shipping as promised.) Amazon has given no indication that it intends to sell Google Home, a rival to its own Echo smart speaker.

A faint glimmer of hope that tensions might cool between the two came in December when Google said it was holding ‘productive’ talks with Amazon about keeping YouTube around and not taking out this feud on their mutual customers.

Enough already.”

Tech Turf Wars: Second Volley!

Cannon ShotThe Tech Turf Wars continue as Microsoft excludes Google Chrome from the Microsoft store within Windows; these guys are getting serious! And frankly it’s a little annoying! We ought to be able to make her own decisions as to what products we run and which ones are available! So Amazon, Google, Microsoft… Get off our backs!

Microsoft removes Google’s Chrome installer from the Windows Store

The Verge – By: Tom Warren – “Google published a Chrome app in the Windows Store earlier today, which just directed users to a download link to install the browser. Microsoft isn’t impressed with Google’s obvious snub of the Windows Store, and it’s taking action. ‘We have removed the Google Chrome Installer App from Microsoft Store, as it violates our Microsoft Store policies,’ says a Microsoft spokesperson in a statement to The Verge.

Citing the need to ensure apps ‘provide unique and distinct value,’ Microsoft says ‘we welcome Google to build a Microsoft Store browser app compliant with our Microsoft Store policies.’ That’s an invitation that Google is unlikely to accept. There are many reasons Google won’t likely bring Chrome to the Windows Store, but the primary reason is probably related to Microsoft’s Windows 10 S restrictions. Windows Store apps that browse the web must use HTML and JavaScript engines provided by Windows 10, and Google’s Chrome browser uses its own Blink rendering engine. Google would have to create a special Chrome app that would adhere to Microsoft’s Store policies.

Most Windows 10 machines don’t run Windows 10 S, so Google probably won’t create a special version just to get its browser listed in the Windows Store. Google can’t just package its existing desktop app into a Centennial Windows Store app, either. Microsoft is explicit about any store apps having to use the Edge rendering engine.

The Verge understands Google created this installer app to combat the fake Chrome apps that can be found in the Windows Store, a problem Microsoft has been trying to address for years. Google’s workaround has now been removed from the Windows Store, so Windows 10 users will have to continue using Microsoft Edge to access the download site for Chrome if they want to access Google’s browser.

This isn’t the first time Microsoft and Google have battled over browsers or platforms. Both companies fought over a YouTube app for Windows Phone, Microsoft targeted Google with ‘Scroogled’ commercials, and Microsoft has also criticized Chrome’s battery usage. We’ve reached out to Google to see if this is a battle that will continue, but the company is not commenting on the removal.”

Looking For Last Minute Techie Gifts?

Roku UltraAs you may know I have an Amazon fire TV stick, a Roku Ultra, a Google Chromecast, and the generic Android video streamer. So, I’m not hurting when it comes to video streaming devices! I can highly recommend both the Roku and the Fire TV stick! For most folks either one of these will be a good choice for Christmas presents if you have folks that don’t yet have these technologies. If you’re looking for a good price on a casual streamer I would recommend the Google Chromecast… It doesn’t have all the options of the Roku or the FireTV stick, but it works really well to cast video from your laptop or computer, or even your phone or tablet, to your TV!

Either way, as last-minute gifts, a streaming device is a good choice!

The best TVs and media streamers to give as gifts

Engadget – “Unless the person on your list already owns a smart TV, media streamers are almost fool-proof as far as gift ideas go, and they’re reasonably affordable too. We put several in our holiday gift guide, including the Apple TV 4K at the high end and the Roku Ultra, which is nearly half the price. Rounding out the list, we recommend this universal remote from Logitech (though the company’s cheaper models are solid, too). And, if you have the means to gift a TV (whether to yourself or someone else), we included two models in different price ranges.”

Amazon vs. Google: Turf Wars!

Turf WarsFrom the Tablo newsletter:

“This has been the week of beefs between tech companies in the cord cutting world.

Beef #1: Early in the week, cord cutters were noting the Amazon Video app still hadn’t appeared on the Apple TV, despite the announcement six months ago that it would. The next day Amazon’s app magically appeared in Apple’s App Store! Beef #1 ended.

Beef #2: Google is also in a multi-faceted tussle with Amazon. Amazon does not carry Google hardware products like Chromecast and doesn’t allow its Prime Video service to be cast to the popular dongle. In retaliation, Google is yanking support for YouTube (which it owns) on all Amazon devices. Unlike beef #1, there is no resolution in sight for this one and cord cutters are stuck in the middle.

Meanwhile, market leader Roku – which has taken a ‘Switzerland-style’ open approach to content – is sitting back with a smile.

If you’re interested in learning more about these turf wars, theories on their origins, and how they affect cord cutters, TechHive has an excellent rundown.”

Dr. Bill.TV #421 – Audio – “The Great Adventure with Fading Lights Edition!”

Hackers exploit Word vulnerability, BIG Cyber Monday, CloudBerry Backup 5.8, Holiday shoppers buy phones, a county in Georgia builds a spaceport, Linux Mint 18.3 ‘Sylvia.’ Amazon’s Silk Browser for FireTV, GSotW: BOOTICE, simple hack for MacOS High Sierra

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Amazon Adds Their Silk Web Browser to the FireTV

I got the new FireTV Stick for my bedroom TV.. I like it!

Amazon Adds a Web Browser to The Fire TV

Cord Cutters News – By: Luke Bouma – “Today Amazon officially released their Silk Web Browser for the Fire TV, Fire Stick, and Fire TV Edition smart TVs. Now you will be able to surf the web on your TV with the Fire TV.

FireTVThis was first spotted by AFTVnews.com and if you have ever used a Fire Tablets browser you will be right at home with the Silk Browser on the Fire TV.

Right now the Silk Browser only works on 1st and 2nd Gen Fire TVs. Sadly no 3rd gen Fire TV support at this time. (Look for that to be added shortly.) There is also no 1st gen Fire Stick support as the sticks slower CPU is not powerful enough for the Silk Browser to work correctly.

The browser does not seem to support Flash but will support HTML5 video so sites like YouTube and more will allow you to stream video on your Fire TV with the Silk Browser.

To add the Silk Browser to your Fire TV you can find it in the Amazon App Store HERE. At this time it should be concerned a beta product and will likely still have many bugs.”

Streaming is Now More Popular Than Cable TV!

Yep, you read that right!

Streaming is Now More Popular Than Cable TV

Cord Cutters News – By: Luke Bouma – “Today the research firm Hub released a report called ‘Conquering Content’ that looks at the growth of streaming.

According to this report for the very first time, most Americans prefer to stream their favorite show vs watching it on a traditional pay TV provider. In total 52% of Americans say they would rather stream the show vs 48% who said they would rather watch it on cable.

This is a huge jump from 2014 when only 31% said they would prefer to stream it. In 2016 only 40% of Americans would like to stream over a traditional pay-TV service. This rapid growth also lines up with the growth of live TV streaming services such as Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, Hulu, and DIRECTV NOW to name a few.

‘These findings suggest that the aggressive investment SVODs are making in original and exclusive content is paying big dividends,’ said Peter Fondulas, co-author of the study and principal at Hub. ‘In this research and other recent studies, we see clear evidence that high-profile online exclusives generate buzz that draws consumers to these platform, which not only helps attract brand new subscribers, but also builds loyalty among current customers.’

Hub conducted their research in October 2017 with over 2,000 US consumers.”

Dr. Bill.TV #418 – Video – “SetTVNow: Cable Cutter’s Dream!”

Dr. Bill discusses and demos SetTVNow, a company that offers cord cutters 500 cable channels for only $20.00 per month! Use this link: http://setvnow.com/#59da7b39bd174 to get a three day trial on three separate devices! Check it out!

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